AskDefine | Define grunter

Dictionary Definition

grunter

Noun

1 a person who grunts
2 domestic swine [syn: hog, pig, squealer, Sus scrofa]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

/gɽʌntə/

Synonyms

fish

Extensive Definition

Grunters or tigerperches are fishes in the family Terapontidae (also spelled Teraponidae, Theraponidae or Therapontidae). They are found in shallow coastal waters in the Indian Ocean and western Pacific, where they live in saltwater, brackish and freshwater habitats. They grow up to 80 cm in length and feed on fishes, insects and other invertebrates.
When caught, grunters make the characteristic grunting sounds that give them their name.

Species

There are 50 species in 15 genera:

References

grunter in German: Tigerfische
grunter in French: Terapontidae
grunter in Lithuanian: Tigriniai ešeriai
grunter in Portuguese: Teraponidae
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